PROSE Providers

Wilmer Eye Institute

at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, founded in 1925, is an internationally renowned eye institution that specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease; and serves as a preeminent provider of routine eye care and refractive, optical, cosmetic, and eye trauma services for the Mid-Atlantic region. Wilmer is also recognized as a national leader in research and in the training of medical students, residents, fellows, and ophthalmic technicians. As the largest department of ophthalmology in the United States, Wilmer Eye Institute has earned recognition for bringing together ophthalmologists and optometrists consistently regarded as the finest in the field.

On Wilmer Eye Institute's web site, you will be able to find an overview of Wilmer’s various departments, physicians’ profiles and research activities; as well as information on their multiple service locations and how to make appointments at Wilmer.

Contact Information

Wilmer Eye Institute - Baltimore
Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe Street / Maumenee 327
Baltimore, MD  21287-9238

To make an appointment, please call 410-955-5257.

Frequently Asked Questions for PROSE patients.

Medical professionals: to refer a patient for BostonSight® PROSE treatment at Wilmer Eye Institute, please complete the referral form and fax it, with your last note, to the attention of the PROSE Clinic at 410-614-9172.

Esen Karamursel Akpek, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology

Esen Akpek, M.D.

Esen Karamursel Akpek, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has been on the faculty of the Wilmer Eye Institute since 1999. Dr. Akpek is world renowned for her expertise in the surgical treatment of corneal diseases. She performs full thickness and partial thickness donor corneal transplantation as well as artificial corneal transplantation. Dr. Akpek also specializes in difficult and challenging cataract surgeries and complicated cases of anterior segment reconstruction procedures.

Dr. Akpek serves as the Director of the Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic. She, along with other members of the Dry Eye Team, cares for patients with inflammatory eye disorders, allergic and immunologic diseases of the cornea and the conjunctiva, scleritis, and uveitis.

Dr. Akpek received her medical training at the Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey. Following her internship and residency training, she completed ophthalmology subspecialty training in Ocular Immunology and Uveitis at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. She completed a fellowship program in Cornea, Cataract, and External Disease at the Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Michelle Hessen, O.D., FAAO

MIchelle Hessen, OD

BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellow

Michelle Hessen received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed her optometry residency in ocular disease at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, which included training at the Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic at Johns Hopkins. Following her residency, she was employed at Ludwick Eye Center, where she performed general ophthalmic care and managed pre and post-operative cataract surgery patients.

Dr. Hessen is currently on staff at the Wilmer Eye Institute and is a vital part of the Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic. She completed the BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellowship in 2011 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Hessen practices at Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD.

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